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February 2020 Featured Resources

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

More than two-thirds of youths (ages 12–18) who were in a relationship or had been in one in the past year reported that they had been victimized (69 percent) or perpetrated relationship abuse (63 percent), according to 2013–2014 data from the National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence. This same National Institute of Justice funded survey found that 84 percent of victims also perpetrated abuse, illustrating that education for youth about healthy relationships is a critical component of responding to the issue.

Visit the loveisrespect.org and Break the Cycle websites during Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month for resources to help raise awareness and let victims know that help is available.

For additional resources on teen dating violence, visit the following websites:

Preparing for National Consumer Protection Week, March 1–7, 2020

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a time dedicated to helping people understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money.

During NCPW, the Federal Trade Commission and its partners will provide information on scams, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues. Visit the NCPW website for information on events, to order free resources, and to subscribe for information about the latest scams and consumer protection issues.

The Consumer Tools section of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's website provides assistance on managing your finances. Find guides about consumer rights and learn about common frauds and scams and how victims of fraud and identity theft can get help.

The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center offers training modules on cyber fraud, financial crimes, and identity theft. These training modules are part of Victim Assistance Training Online, which is an online foundational training program that provides essential skills and knowledge to more effectively assist victims of crime.

Supporting Communities Affected by Mass Violence

The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center receives funding from OVC to provide communities with access to evidence-based information and the necessary resources to effectively prepare for and respond to mass violence incidents.

The center offers best practices for community preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience for mental health professionals, first responders, journalists, policymakers, and victim assistance professionals.

Visit the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center website to learn more and view these resources.

Date Published: February 1, 2020